General Information

ADDRESS & PHONE NUMBERS:

561 LeTort Road
Washington Boro, PA 17582
717 872-9530 (phone)
717 872-9552 (fax)

HOURS:
The elementary day begins as 9:00 am and ends at 3:25 pm. Morning kindergarten begins at 9:00 am and is dismissed at 11:35 am. Afternoon kindergarten begins at 12:55 pm and is dismissed at 3:25 pmStudents should not be dropped off any earlier than 8:45 am. To avoid blocking the bus lane, please drop students at the cafeteria entrance.

When inclement weather or other emergencies interfere with our start or dismissal time the following will happen:

Two Hour Delay: (modified kindergarten) Students will be picked up two hours later than their normal bus pick-up time. Morning kindergarten students will then stay until 12:45 and be dismissed at that time. Afternoon kindergarten will begin at 1:45 and then be dismissed at 3:30 PM as usual.

Inclement Weather: Delays and early dismissals are announced radio stations: WDAC, WIOV, WLAN, WSBA, WQXA, WJTL and WRKZ and TV stations: WGAL and WLYH. Please do NOT call the school for this information.

Additionally, you may register with our Celly system and get instant messages of delays, cancellations, or early dismissals.

When you send a text to 23559 and write @letortinfo in the message box, you will receive a welcome message from me. This means you’re subscribed to my text messages. When I receive the call from the district office that school has been delayed or canceled due to inclement weather, I will send a text message from this site and if you have subscribed, you will get the text message within minutes. Please know if your service provider blocks shortcode, you will need to call them to see if they can turn this feature on for you. Shortcode is the ability to text to numbers less than 7 digits.

As soon as you text @letortinfo to 23559 you’re subscribed! Simple! Please note two important points of this service. All phone numbers are kept confidential and you cannot reply to the text messages. Also, ALL STANDARD TEXT MESSAGE RATES APPLY based on your carrier!! To unsubscribe from the messages, you simply send the message OFF to 23559.

FOUR DAY CYCLE:

Our school operates on a 4-day schedule. The first day of school each year is called Day A; the next is Day B, third day is a Day C, etc. The school day which follows Day D begins another cycle as Day A and the cycle continues.

ATTENDANCE:

Excuse forms or a written note from a parent should be returned to the classroom teacher immediately following an absence but will not be accepted after three days. If your child arrives after 11:30 am, it will be considered ½ day absent. If they depart before 1:00 pm, it will be considered ½ day absent. Arrival after 9:00 am is considered tardy and students will need to bring an excuse card or handwritten note signed by a parent explaining the reason for the tardiness.

PRE-PLANNED ABSENCE

If a pre-planned absence is necessary, parents are required to fill out a form for prior approval. Forms may be obtained from the office; please give the principal ample time (at least five days) to allow for good communication between the parent, teacher and school office. All assigned work will be your child’s responsibility to complete within the time allotted by the classroom teacher (no more than 3 weeks).

VISITORS:

To ensure building security, all parents, visitors, and former students are required to report to the office to obtain a visitor’s pass. To avoid interruptions to the classroom, parents are asked to leave all messages and materials at the office. The office will notify the teacher or student as soon as possible.

Parents are also requested to notify the teacher in advance when they wish to confer on matters concerning their child. Arrival and departure times are particularly busy for teachers and we would appreciate you scheduling appointments that do not interfere with these times.

STUDENT PICK-UP PROCEDURES:

If you plan to pick up your child, a written note signed by a parent/guardian must be sent to school in the morning. If your situation changes, you must call the office no later than 3 PM.  Again, in order to protect instructional time, teachers will be notified of all changes to end-of-day plans for the students at 3 PM. At 3:25, pick-up students will be dismissed to the car-rider door. If you are picking your child up at the end of the day, you must use the pick-up area located at the rear of the building. A staff member will dismiss students, listed on the clipboard, as their parents are identified. All students who have not been picked up by 3:35 p.m. will be brought to the office to wait for their parent. PLEASE BE PROMPT when picking up your child.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES:

Conferences are scheduled during the month of November. A schedule for these conferences will be created after we receive input from you concerning convenient times to accommodate your schedule. A letter will go home prior to scheduling for your input. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time during the year as the need arises.

HEALTH ROOM:

All medication, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, including Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) and Acetaminophen (Tylenol) require the written permission of the prescribing physician and the parent or guardian.

Per PMSD school board policy, students may NOT transport ANY medications except emergency auto injectors, inhalers, and prescription eye drops.

POLICY ON PETS:

We have many children who are highly allergic to different types of animals and we need to be sensitive to their individual situations. Therefore, we request that NO pets be brought into the building

SCHOOL DRESS:

Loose fitting clothing or footwear (including flip flops), which could cause injury, are not appropriate for school. Shorts should be long enough to reach fingertips when students are standing up straight. Spaghetti strap shirts and muscle shirts will not be permitted.

Clothing that advertises any drugs, alcohol or tobacco products, is of questionable taste or is potentially disruptive to the educational program will not be permitted. No hats will be permitted to be worn in the building.

BUS POLICY:

Respect for the driver and for other students will be expected at all times. Riding the bus is a privilege, not a right. Students who violate bus rules or jeopardize the safety of bus riders may forfeit their bus riding privileges. If damage is done to the bus, it will be paid for by the offender.

  If your child will not be riding the bus home on any given day, we must have a note indicating the change signed by a parent. If we do not have a note, we are obligated to have your child ride the bus if someone is not here by the bus dismissal time. A phone call to the office will be sufficient in an emergency. All students must ride their designated bus. If a change is necessary due to childcare reasons, a babysitting form must be submitted to the school office. 

Students are not permitted to eat or drink on the bus. This includes candy and chewing gum.
 Playground equipment for recess should be brought to school in a backpack or a separate bag.

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Technology is an essential part of curriculum and instruction at Penn Manor School District. Over the past 10 years the district has expanded classroom technology availability, promoted teacher professional development and worked to weave technology into the fabric of student learning experiences.

Just as technology has become a part of our classrooms, students have also embraced technology for communication, homework and personal studies. In the past, the use of student owned cell phones, laptops, netbooks and iPods was forbidden during the school day. Penn Manor School District has recognized the importance of allowing students to utilize their own personal technology at school for legitimate instructional activities. For this reason, all district school buildings now offer filtered guest wireless access for students in all grade levels. Student and parents need to be aware of several rules and requirements before a device is brought to school:

  • The student is solely responsible for any equipment that he/she brings to school. Penn Manor School District is no liable for lost, stolen or damaged equipment.
  • Student use of personal electronic devices is still prohibited during the school day unless a teacher or principal grants permission.
  • The guest wireless network is to be used solely for educational purposes. Any device being used for non-educational use will be subject to disciplinary policies outlined in the student handbook.
  • Penn Manor IT staff and teachers do not install software or assist with personal student devices.  Additionally, the district is not responsible for technical malfunctions on personal devices. Students are responsible for securing their devices with software updates and anti-virus tools.

We are thrilled to offer this exciting new service and hope you and your child will be too. Questions related to the student guest wireless service may be directed to Charlie Reisinger, IT Director, via email: charlie@penmanor.net.

TOYS:

Due to the potential interruption to the learning environment and the danger of them being broken, lost or stolen, these items are NOT to be brought on the bus or to school.